UPDATE: Country music legend Joe Diffie dies from COVID-19 complications, held March Charleston concert

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Joe Diffie (Courtesy: Crystal K. Martel)

UPDATE, MARCH 29, 7:15 P.M.: Dr. Sherri Young, executive director and health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, issued a statement today on the death of Diffie.

“Joe Diffie, who died of COVID-19 according to media reports,  performed at the Clay Center on March 8.”

While Young said those attending have a low likelihood of having contracted the virus from his performance, she urged Kanawha County residents to continue to exercise caution during the pandemic.

“Stay home,” Young said. “Wash your hands. If you have symptoms—cough, shortness of breath or fever—contact your health care provider.”

NASHVILLE, TN (WKRN) – GRAMMY®-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of the coronavirus.

His family respects their privacy at this time.

On Friday, Diffie revealed he had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Diffie, a Tulsa native, had more than 20 Top 10 hits to his name and released 13 albums. He also wrote songs for Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina. Diffie was 61 years old.

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